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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Waynesville graduate pens personal story

  • Arita Bohannan couldn't be more excited to return this part of Missouri later this month.
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  • Arita Bohannan couldn't be more excited to return this part of Missouri later this month.
    The 1992 graduate of Waynesville High School has just finished her first work of fiction, "Docket No. 76" and will be in the area for a number of talks and book signings.
    "I was an Army brat. I was the victim of sexual abuse at the age of 8," she said. "It happened on a military base with a soldier."
    Today, Bohannan is an attorney of family law in New Orleans.
    The self-published book tells the story of Sandra Morgan, a young and beautiful assistant district attorney who comes face-to-face with the man who abused her when she was a child.
    "It is a courtroom thriller but a 'whodunnit' too," she said.
    It took Bohannan a year to write and three years to publish. "Docket No. 76" was released on Jan. 17 of this year.
    "The biggest struggle for me was a personal one. It has been hard letting go of the shame
    of all of this," she said. "It opened up old wounds."
    Today, she said she sees first-hand the pain of domestic abuse and can identify with the pain and injustice of it all.
    She said she is so grateful to the area and that the community has open its arms to her and her book.
    Bohannan will hold a book signing Tuesday, April 22, from 5-8 p.m. at the Public House Brewing Co., 600 N. Rolla St. Rolla.
    There also will be a book signing Wednesday, April 23, from 4-6 p.m. and 6:30-8 p.m. at Cellar 66 in the Roubidoux Plaza on the Square in Downtown Waynesville.
    She also will hold an event at Rolla High School Friday, April 25 from 7-8 p.m. and will be speaking at the Women of Significance Luncheon Saturday, April 26, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Waynesville.
    For more information on Bohannan and speaking and book-signing schedule, visit www.aritamlbohannan.com.

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